Genesee Community College
Statistics (MAT129-66H) Syllabus
Fall 2018

Instructor Information

Ken Mead
Office location:
D395 Math Science Area, Building D, Main Campus
Office hours:
MW 11:15am - 1:15pm, TR 12-12:30pm, Friday by appointment.
585-343-0055 x 6381

Course Information

Course title:
Course number:
MAT 129 - L66
Credit Hours:
Catalog description:
Studies descriptive data with graphical and numerical techniques, binomial and normal probability distributions, estimation and sampling, hypothesis testing, and linear regression models. Emphasis is on practical applications, including using MINITAB software. Prerequisite: MAT 092 or higher or by placement
Student Learning Outcomes:
The Genesee Community College Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this course are:
  1. Given a set of measurements, generate a graphical display (such as a frequency distribution or histogram)
  2. Given a set of measurements, compute the basic measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and dispersal (range, variance, standard deviation).
  3. Given the graph of a distribution of measurements, or a description of such a graph, apply Empirical Rule or Chebyshev's Theorem to describe the distribution of data and identify the existence of any outliers.
  4. Compute simple theoretical and empirical probabilities, applying the Addition, Multiplication, and Complement Rules as needed.
  5. Given a discrete random variable x, generate a probability distribution (empirically or theoretically) and/or verify that the distribution is valid.
  6. Given a valid discrete probability distribution, find simple probabilities and compute the mean and standard deviation of the random variable associated with the distribution.
  7. Given a table of probabilities for the standard normal curve, find probabilities for any given normal distribution or, given the area of any segment under the normal curve, find the associated z - value or x - value.
  8. Given a randomly distributed population, use the Central Limit Theorem to describe any corresponding sampling distribution and find probabilities associated with the sample mean.
  9. Given appropriate sample data, formulate a confidence interval for the mean or binomial proportion.
  10. Given an appropriate test scenario and sample data, conduct a test of hypothesis for the mean or binomial proportion.
  11. Given any set of paired sample data, find the line of best fit and correlation coefficient.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Course Overview:

To be successful in this course, you need to have had a good deal of exposure to introductory algebra. You will be required to take one test approximately every four weeks, and there are no makeups. Upon taking the final examination, your lowest test grade will be replaced by the final exam score . Each test will contain anywhere from 10-30 questions, some of which will be multiple choice or short answer. You should be able to complete these tests in anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.

Tests will be taken at a GCC testing center, in person, with paper and pen/pencil.

It is your responsibility to know the testing hours at your particular campus center.

There will be an OPTIONAL final examination. You should plan on spending a minimum of one to two hours completing this comprehensive exam. More details will be provided later on in the semester.

Textbooks and Materials

Required materials:
The only required purchase is MyMathLab with the Embedded e-Textbook. You do NOT need to purchase the hard copy of the textbook unless you want to.
  • MyMathLab with embedded eBook ISBN: 9780321199911, Publisher: Pearson.
Optional materials:
You may choose to purchase these materials. I highly recommend the calculator!
  • Elementary Statistics - Picturing the World, by Larson and Farber, 6th Edition, Pearson Publishing. ISBN 9780133864991.
  • TI 30XIIS Scientific Calculator

Grading Criteria

Grading Policies:

Final grades are assigned according to the following scheme, with the final average rounded to the nearest integer (in %):

92 or higher = A, 90-91 = A-, 88-89 = B+, 82-87 = B, 80-81 = B-, 78-79 = C+, 72-77 = C, 70-71 = C-, 68-69 = D+, 62-67 = D, 60-61 = D-, 59 or less = F.

Grades will be weighted as follows:

  • Top two test scores: 30% apiece
  • Lowest test score: 15%
  • Online Homework grade 15%
  • Minitab Assignments 10%
  • Final Exam - optional - upon taking the final exam, this score replaces your lowest test grade.

There will be a total of 3 tests during this semester. You must take the tests on or before the due date! These tests must be taken on the main campus in the testing center or at one of the campus centers. It is your responsibility to know the testing hours at each testing location! In certain situations where a student lives outside the Genesee region, a proctor may be identified to give exams. The responsibility of locating a proctor lies entirely with the student. For more information regarding proctoring requirements, please contact your instructor.

As a favor to my students, I will allow each of you to have a total of 4 "late passes" to use during the semester, One late pass = One day late (weekdays only), and, if you wish, you may use multiple passes on a single test. However, once you use up all your late passes, no more taking tests after the due date. This is not negotiable! Please do not ask for an exception!

There will be an optional final exam offered to replace your lowest test grade. This final must be taken during the final exam period at the end of the semester.

To summarize, you will be required to take at least three tests, approximately one every four weeks, at your local campus center or at the main campus. See syllabus supplement for hours and locations. It is YOUR responsibiltiy to know the testing hours of your testing site.

You will have online homework assignments that will be graded, and paper/pencil homework that will not.

The last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" is during the seventh week of the semester. Please see the GCC website for details.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Cheating is obtaining or intentionally giving unauthorized information to create an unfair advantage in an examination, assignment, or classroom situation. Plagiarism is the act of presenting and claiming words, ideas, data, programming code or creations of others as one’s own. Plagiarism may be intentional – as in a false claim of authorship – or unintentional – as in a failure to document information sources using MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago or other style sheets or manuals adopted by faculty at the College. Presenting ideas in the exact or near exact wording as found in source material constitutes plagiarism, as does patching together paraphrased statements without in-text citation. The purchasing or sharing of papers or projects between students or the re-use of papers or projects submitted for more than one assignment or class also constitutes plagiarism.

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated: a grade of zero will be given on the assignment or exam under these circumstances. In certain extreme cases, including multiple offenses, the student will receive a grade of F for the semester.

Students Requiring Alternative Proctoring Arrangements

Who Qualifies?

You might find that the testing hours offered at your local campus center just don't mesh with your busy schedule. Or, you might live far from the nearest testing center. If either of these conditions fit, then by all means find yourself a proctor!

Finding a Proctor:

Your proctor should work at an educational facility or local library, and exams should be administered at the proctor's place of employment during regular business hours. We have had quite a bit of success with individuals volunteering from local school districts and, especially, local libraries. Please look into this!

The proctor's responsibilities include receiving tests from the instructor, administering the tests (approximately 60 -90 minutes) and returning these tests to the instructor via U.S. Mail.

If you find an individual or institution willing to serve as your proctor for this course, please send me a message with the vital information about this individual: Name, Title, Mailing Address, Phone, FAX, email, place of employment, and when and where you plan to take your tests. You need to do this at least 7 business days before the due date for the first test!

Course Schedule

General Schedule

Course topics will be broken down into 3 evenly divided modules, each covering approximately 1/3 of the semester, or about 4 weeks each. Module 1 covers sections 1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.5, and 3.1. Module 2 covers sections 3.2-3.4, 4.1-4.2, and 5.1-5.4. Module 3 covers 6.1-6.3, 7.1-7.4, and 9.1-9.2.

Embedded in each module, there will be three (4) online homework assignments with due dates spaced evenly throughout. Each module will culminate with a test. All due dates will be posted inside blackboard at the beginning of the semester.

Other Important Links and Information

Accessibility Statement
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your coursework or participation in this class, please contact the Assistant Dean of Student Services/Disabilities Coordinator, Success Coach, or Academic Advisor who will arrange an intake meeting. The Assistant Dean/Coordinator will determine with you what accommodations are necessary, appropriate and reasonable. All information and documentation is confidential.
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Final Thoughts


The instructor reserves the right to make any reasonable and necessary modifications to the statements above. This document is subject to change.